For my paintings I change up both the type of paper and size with every piece. This keeps things fresh and makes me have to think differently for compositional balance. Were I ever to only use one size, eventually i would inherently know the proper choreography. The properties of color too can change with the size of a piece.
There is an established range of sizes for me though. The smallest being 5.5×8.5 to the largest 11×14.
Each size of paper is different from vellum to French cotton to mixed media to American cotton. All the different materials posses their own inherent properties which call for slightly different touch from one medium to the other.
The mixed media paper is the most unforgiving. I enjoy the challenge and much like a runner training for a race using ankle weights, when I use French Cotton paper which I find to be my preferred, it seems “easier”.
Visually I still get the effects & results I want with the mix media paper. It looks slightly different from when I am using cotton paper. My voice still ever present it is similar in effect to the effect of playing different venues for a musician.
I use three different sizes of mixed media paper but all had been the same brand, Canson.
By happenstance I just came across another company when at the art store to buy pencils. Strathmore in the same size and weight as my Canson.
It seems obvious now, but I had not thought to vary or explore companies with my mixed media paper.
Right out of the gate I enjoyed the Strathmore. My first piece gave me results I wanted.
With all my paper I just mentally have them arranged in a circle, each has a number and there is no thought given to which paper to use next as the subject matter may be up in the air but the type & size of paper is already predetermined. I will now add the Strathmore to my perfect circle of paper.
“Absinthe Eyes” 9×12 Strathmore (98lb) Mixed Media Paper